Legends Led Sherman Indian High School Youth in Basketball Activities and Life Skills Curriculum
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and the Los Angeles Chapter brought basketball, fun and life skills lessons to Sherman Indian High School youth to the delight of the attending kids at the Native American boarding school located at 9010 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 95203. On Saturday, September 9 for the 3rd consecutive year, L.A. Chapter leaders including President & ABA Legend Rick Darnell, NBA & Lakers Legend AC Green, NBA Legends Duane Cooper, Darwin Cook, Louis Nelson, and Juaquin Hawkins, WNBA Legend Linda Fröhlich, all volunteered to provide local youth with Full Court Press. The initiative was designed to provide a wide array of basketball instruction including proper passing and shooting techniques, defensive drills and the value of effort, both on and off the court. The Sports Techie community blog gives our heart felt respect to both the NBRPA and participating youth for finding a way to connect through hoops, life experiences and a strong will to learn.
Full Court Press
Attending students were treated to donated school/dorm supplies and apparel, as well as free lunch from local food trucks, onsite for the event, donated by the LA Chapter Members. NBA All-Star and Oregon State University graduate AC Green, proud to represent both Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, emphasized the value of the opportunity that Sherman Indian High School provides.
Full Court Press supports the development of participating youth through basketball instruction, mentorship and an innovative life skills curriculum. Several Legends of Basketball, both men and women with NBA, WNBA, ABA and/or Harlem Globetrotters backgrounds, serve as basketball coaches and mentors for the 150-200 youth at each clinic while NBRPA community partners offer additional life skills programming.
Since 2013, the NBRPA has held over 100 Full Court Press: Prep for Success clinics impacting more than 7,500 underserved youth both locally and globally. With your support, Full Court Press and the NBRPA can increase their impact by donating here.
About Sherman Indian High School
Sherman Indian High School (SIHS) is an off-reservation boarding high school for Native Americans. Originally opened in 1892 and operated by the Bureau of Indian Education/Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Government Department of the Interior, the school serves grades 9 through 12. SIHS students represent over 76 federally recognized tribes from across the U.S. The All-Native high school serves more than 200 students from 76 Native American tribes who apply to attend from across the country.
About 68% of students come from reservations throughout the U.S. (the remaining students come from urban or suburban settings). Learn more about Sherman Indian High School at shermanindian.org/.
Sports Techie, for more information about the program, or to get involved, please visit https://www.legendsofbasketball.com/fullcourtpress/
The NBRPA also provides yearly Legends HBCU scholarship awards as a means to give back to another community in need.
The 2023 Sherman Indian H.S. students learn through modern means like computer and software well as through traditional ways like story telling.
Boarding schools have long been a source of pain for indigenous youth across Canada and the United States.
Teaching life lessons through basketball helps these moldable kids become responsible and contributing adults while assisting their respective tribes move forward.
Knowing the NBRPA gives back to a variety of communities warms my spirit.
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